Hello! And welcome to my blog! My name is Stephanie and I’m a homemaker, a keeper of the hearth and guardian of the home fires. My Husband, Nathan, and I have 5 children…4 boys and 1 girl…Elijah is our oldest and he’s 10 1/2 years old, next is Solomon and he’s 8 1/2, then there is Matthew who is 6 years old, Charity (our only girl) who is 3 1/2 years old and then Samuel who is 2 1/2 years old. We all live on a small 9 acre farm in the mountainous heart of southeastern West Virginia. Together, we raise goats for milk and meat, chickens and ducks for eggs and meat and we have a large garden and several fruit trees and bushes. We also provide for a lot of our own heating by harvesting wood from the forest and in the late winter and very early springtime I tap our maple trees and make our own maple syrup and my husband sometimes hunts deer for us to eat.
One of the most unique things about our family is that neither my husband or I have a “job” in the traditional sense of the word (and yes, it’s on purpose…I haven’t had a “job” in 10 years and my husband hasn’t had one in 8 years) and NO! we don’t take government handouts…because I know that’s what you’re thinking! :-P
Most people wrongly assume that just because we don’t have “jobs” and because we have such a large family then we MUST be mooching off the state…and if you’re thinking THAT then you couldn’t be further from the truth! We homeschool, so in reality we’re actually SAVING the state $9,000 per kid per year, and with 3 kids of school age that’s $27,000 per year… so I would feel justified taking money from Uncle Sam but my conscience just won’t let me…besides, I get too much satisfaction out of watching My Lord work miracles to provide for us, He never fails :-)
How do we pay the bills? Well, first, we don’t have many bills to begin with and that is the KEY right there! We live debt-free…we don’t have a mortgage, our vehicle is paid in full, we don’t have credit card debt or ANY debt AT ALL in ANY way shape or form!
“The rich ruleth over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender.”
Debt is a form of slavery and, I don’t know about you, but I personally don’t like being a slave, at least not a slave to material possessions…but I guess that’s just me… because I know there are many people out there who seem to prefer slavery, and that’s their choice…as for me, I must serve My Lord and He wants me as His Servant and His only! Besides, there is no point to me going and making a slave of myself just to recieve the material things that He freely gives to me anyways…that would be STUPID, I’d rather do His Will and watch Him provide, because He’s just SO GOOD like that! :-)
“Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.
But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” ~Matthew 6:31-33
What few bills we do have my husband pays for by selling video games on E-Bay, but in the future we hope to move away from that and more towards selling our veggies and animal products at the farmer’s market…however it’ll probably be a couple more years before we can get to that point. In the meantime, we tend and keep our land in order to provide ourselves with a delicious, nutritious and SAFE organic food source, and because living in concert with The Land is GOOD for the soul, for that is how God made us to be. The further we get away from THE LAND the more sickly we become…body, heart and soul.
The Land is the Original God-Made interface, the sole purpose of which is to teach us of Himself and His Ways as we go about caring for it and through that He provides for us…body, heart and soul. Of course, it’s been perverted and twisted, rent away from it’s original meaning and true purpose by the selfishness and stupidity of mankind…nothing new under the sun there…but it still doesn’t change God’s original intent in making life here on earth the way that it is…cycles of sowing and reaping, or getting what you give (some might call it Karma and I don’t object to that) is the essence of life here on earth.
“Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.”
Speaking of sowing, my husband Nathan makes videos about the corrupt and treacherous practices of the advertising and media companies in manipulating and controlling the minds of the masses without their knowledge or consent. I sometimes help him find material for his movies and very much agree with his message…the techniques that the modern media and advertising industry uses in brainwashing and controlling the masses are entirely occultic and EVIL, through and through. You may want to visit his YouTube Channel or His Website at the below links. His best and most hard-hitting documentary is called “The Great Subliminal Message Deception” and I highly reccommend that you check it out…I guarantee that most of you have not heard this message anywhere else or from anybody else…and you will not be disappointed! :-)
My personal favorite of his two documentaries is “Truth in Reality”, his first documentary…maybe someday I will make videos too, when Samuel is a bit older and I have more time to learn how to use the software…but for now, I must go…duty calls and there is no rest for a mother of five children! ;-)
It is my hope that through reading this you have a better understanding of who I am as a person and why we live the way that we do…whether you agree with our lifestyle or not.
God’s Peace and Manifold Blessings be upon you!